ERIC Number: ED205161
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
A Guide for the Powerless and Those Who Don't Know Their Own Power. A Mini-manual on the American Political Process.
A "mini-manual" for individuals in education and the human services interested in increasing their involvement in the political process presupposes that much powerlessness is self-imposed, and encourages attitude change to make the most of potential individual power. The manual is also an introduction to lobbying and the legislative process. After an introduction to building political "credit" with policy-makers, the second chapter discusses the need for the individual to have a political state of mind and acceptance of the legitimacy of political activity. Subsequent chapters discuss (1) accumulating political capital with votes, volunteers, dollars, publicity, and access to voters, and the persuasiveness of numbers when dealing with policy policy-makers; (2) politicians' views of educators and the avoidance of such stereotypes; (3) personalizing political contacts; (4) lobbying from a distance; (5) the usefulness of professional association efforts; and (6) formal legislative hearings. Finally, a list of print references concerning the Washington, D.C., political scene and congressional politics is provided, and 20 brief rules for action are outlined. (MSE)
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Federal Government, Hearings, Higher Education, Legislators, Lobbying, Local Government, Policy Formation, Political Influences, Political Issues, Political Power, Professional Associations, Public Policy, State Government
Institute for Educational Leadership, 1001 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Suite 310, Washington, DC 20036 ($3.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute for Educational Leadership, Washington, DC.